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The 'attempting to arrange a murder' charge against AC/DC drummer has been dropped

Phil Rudd still faces charges of making threats to kill and possession of drugs.

A CHARGE OF attempting to arrange a murder taken against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been dropped.

Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey stated that the charge had been dropped due to lack of evidence.

The drummer is still facing charges of possessing methamphetamine and marijuana and making threats to kill.

In a statement, Rudd’s lawyer Mabey expressed dissatisfaction with the way the case had been handled, and aimed criticism at the New Zealand Police for failing to engage with the Crown Solicitor in Tauranga – the area of New Zealand’s North Island where the drummer was arrested.   

On the issue, prosecuting lawyer Greg Hollister-Jones said in a statement that his office had decided there was “insufficient evidence to proceed with the charge of attempting to procure murder.”

AC/DC had earlier issued a statement that their planned world tour and album release would not be affected by the arrest.

The 60-year-old is currently released on bail and is due in court again on 27 November.

Read: AC/DC drummer arrested for trying to arrange murders

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